Fr. Paul Scalia: The Authority of the Church Answers Our Need for a Clear Voice.

This summer’s riots were about questioning authority, or were they?

Father Paul D. Scalia, a priest in the Diocese of Arlington, as today’s columnist in The Catholic Thing, writes about authority, and “the authoritarian anti-authority attitude we are witnessing.”

Humans, he says, are “created by and for the Author of life” and are “hard-wired to listen for and to obey the Creator’s voice, to seek Him and His authority.”

God established the Church to be the Author’s voice in the world, Father Scalia writes, echoing today's Gospel:

And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Read the full column here:


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